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October 3, 1934 Canadiens Trade Howie Morenz

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October 3, 1934 Canadiens Trade Howie Morenz

Aging superstars being traded is a hockey tradition. The Canadiens traded Howie Morenz to the Chicago Blackhawks October 3, 1934. Marty Burke and Lorne Chabot also went to Chicago with Lionel Conacher, Roger Jenkins, Leroy Goldsworthy coming to the Canadiens. Lionel Conacher was flipped to the Maroons for the rights to Nelson Crutchfield and Jack McGill. Both promptly signed with the Canadiens. Other trades were rumoured in the works:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...=6494%2C507003

The trade was announced on a Saturday, coinciding with the start of the World Series so media attention was limited and split. Also there was talk of Howie Morenz assuming coaching / management roles in Chicago.

Nelson Crutchfield was the key piece. A near fatal car accident, September 28, 1935, cut short a very promising career.

http://www.hockey-reference.com/play...crutcne01.html

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That rumoured Bruins-Habs deal would have been a blockbuster too, Dit Clapper going to Montreal for defensemen "Battleship" Leduc and Leo Bourgeault.

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That rumoured Bruins-Habs deal would have been a blockbuster too, Dit Clapper going to Montreal for defensemen "Battleship" Leduc and Leo Bourgeault.
There is more to the trade than meets the eye. Will explore other facets as time allows.

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Crutchfield being the key piece is new to me. Makes sense though. I always thought ROI for Morenz was too low, but never looked up why they did it or what happened to Crutchfield.

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Crutchfield being the key piece is new to me. Makes sense though. I always thought ROI for Morenz was too low, but never looked up why they did it or what happened to Crutchfield.
Ya thats interesting isnt it?. Id never heard of Nels Crutchfield previously either, but that the Habs traded Conacher & future league leading scorer Herb Cain for this guy sure says a lot. Most unfortunate he suffered a career ending car accident in 1935 after just one season in the NHL.

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Herb Cain

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Ya thats interesting isnt it?. Id never heard of Nels Crutchfield previously either, but that the Habs traded Conacher & future league leading scorer Herb Cain for this guy sure says a lot. Most unfortunate he suffered a career ending car accident in 1935 after just one season in the NHL.
Herb Cain is the wildcard in the story originally a Maroon prospect, rights were awarded to the Canadiens by the NHL after a protest then quickly traded back in the 3 way deal.

Another interesting aspect is that the Canadiens traded a goalie, Lorne Chabot to Chicago without a goalie coming back. In January 1934 the Canadiens had loaned Wilf Cude to Detroit for cash, for the balance of the 1933-34 season. Cude was the Canadiens goalie in 1934-35.

Finally Howie Morenz passed thru Chicago to the Rangers very quickly before returning to the Canadiens to start the 1936-37 season.

Will try to fill in the gaps.

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Herb Cain is the wildcard in the story...
Interesting. The HHOF page on Cain says Tommy Gorman of the Maroons formed what was called the Green Line, Herb with Bob Gracie & Gus Marker, winning the Stanley Cup in 1935.

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March 11, 1935 Herb Cain

A March 11, 1935 profile of Herb Cain provides information about the rights issue between the Canadiens and Maroons at the time of the Howie Morenz trade.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...6548%2C1506189

Seems like Herb cain was part of a rather unique trade/loan bound by time.

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March 27, 1935 Leroy Goldsworthy by Marc T. McNeil

Leroy Goldsworthy's role in the complicated Howie Morenz trade is outlined in the following profile by Marc T. McNeil that is part of the "From a Ring-Side Seat" series.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...6852%2C3185614

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